Durif is actually a cross between the noble grape Syrah and the less well-known Peloursin. It was created at the University of Montpellier in the 1880s by a gentleman named Dr. Durif - a nurseryman who was looking to develop a grape variety resistant to downy mildew, one of many scourges of the vine.
Although only a few token plantings remain in France today, Durif is both successful and popular in Australia where it makes characterful, pitch-black wines. Even long-term Shiraz fans are recognising the appeal of the incredibly dark, powerful wines from Durif. In fact, it's often blended with Shiraz.
Mouthstaining black fruit flavors with inky violet notes and hints of cedar and smoky liquorice.
De Bortoli Red Sheep, Dark Corner, Westend Estate The Boxer
- Contrary to popular belief, Durif is not related to California's Petite Sirah, a fact proven by DNA fingerprinting in 1997.
- Created by Dr. Durif in the 1880s.
- Acclaimed Aussie winemaker Sam Trimboli likes the grape so much, his car license plate reads 'DURIF'.
- If you like Durif, you might also like: Nebbiolo - the great grape of the Piedmont region (especially Barolo), renowned for its massive color and concentration. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre blends, especially the greatest of Rhône reds Châteauneuf-du-Pape.